David Pressgrove grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas. He came to Craig in 2002 after graduating from Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Michigan) with a B.A. in business marketing and a minor in journalism. He worked as the Craig Daily Press sports editor from 2002 to Aug. 2006. In August he became the full-time area director for Moffat County Young Life. He spends his free time running, watching movies with his wife, Jennifer, and hanging out with Young Lifers. In his spare time he assists the Craig Daily Press in reporting the news that matters to you.
- David Pressgrove: Baccalaureate an opportunity worth taking advantage of
- May 17, 2013
- I still have fond memories of my high school baccalaureate.
- David Pressgrove: Serving, not working, can cure our case of the ‘Mondays’
- January 17, 2013
- “Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays.” – The annoying, nameless, secretary in the movie “Office Space.” The above quote changed my path in life. “Office Space” is about three men who work for a computer software company and they hate their jobs so much they decide to rip off the company they work for.
- David Pressgrove: Have you thanked your shepherds this month?
- October 18, 2012
- This week I received a well-timed message on Facebook. It had been a long day of meetings and I wasn’t overly excited about the challenges ahead of me the next day. The message was from a former Young Lifer and he thanked me for walking alongside him and how much he appreciated it now that he was at a different stage in life. I write this not to brag about how great I am, but because it sufficiently lead me into some thoughts on how October is pastor appreciation month. Webster defines a pastor as “a person authorized to conduct religious ownership.” The definition fits our modern idea of the word, but biblically, “pastor” has more to do with compassion than authority.
- David Pressgrove: Truth filter: Learning to make honesty our policy
- March 16, 2012
- In the movie “Liar, Liar” the main character finds success by lying. His lying is so bad that when his son is asked what his dad does for a living, he says, “My dad’s a liar.” (He’s actually a lawyer – say both out loud to hear the play on words). A wish from his son requires the character to only tell the truth. Initially, his struggle to tell the truth is portrayed as nearly impossible. Obviously the movie is an exaggeration, but sometimes I think we convince ourselves it is easier to be dishonest.
- My confession (and hopeful repentance) of privilege
- January 6, 2012
- In the fall, I went back to my college alma mater for the first time in eight years. When I returned I was surprised about how God spoke to me during that trip, and it’s an important lesson I’d like share. The reason I returned to my school was my cross country and track coach, the coach there for 27 years, officially “retired” in the fall. But, unofficially and off-the-record, he was asked to step down. I was extremely upset and disappointed in how the situation was handled by the administration.
- David Pressgrove: Taking on choices
- January 21, 2011
- In the 2005 remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the climax of the movie takes place when Willy Wonka offers his factory to Charlie on one condition: Charlie leave his family in order to live in the factory. Willy is taken aback when Charlie chooses his family over the factory. Willy had just offered Charlie a child’s dream — to be in charge of a magical factory with the Oompa Loompas as friends for life.
- MCHS seniors inspired by tourney
- December 21, 2010
- It might take a couple of days, but Charlie Griffiths and Cody Nelson will be happy they took home medals from the Warrior Classic. On Saturday night, they weren’t too excited because they wanted medals of a different color. Both Moffat County seniors went into the prestigious tournament with the goal to win. Instead, Nelson finished sixth and Griffiths finished fourth. Both wrestlers lost their medal round matches by one point in the final seconds.
- Two-point quarter dooms MCHS varsity boys hoops team
- 02:30 p.m., December 20, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
- To give up just five points in one quarter is considered a quality defensive effort in basketball. Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, such an effort was negated when the Bulldogs scored only two points of their own in the same quarter. MCHS finished the first half of its game Saturday against Palisade with 10 points.
- Full-court press propels MCHS girls to win
- 21-6 first quarter key for win against WSL foe
- December 20, 2010
- PALISADE – One advantage of having a three-day tournament is that by the third game, a coach has had a chance to scout the upcoming opponent twice in a matter of 48 hours. Matt Ray, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach, had a pretty good idea of what his team could do against Saturday’s opponent, Palisade. “Cortez and Rifle pressed them and it worked well,” Ray said. “I felt pretty good about our chances if we did the same.” The Bulldogs defense made it hard on Palisade to get past half court in the first quarter, and at one point MCHS led 21-4. The quarter ended with the Bulldogs in blue leading the Bulldogs in maroon, 21-6. The rest of the game wasn’t as lopsided, but MCHS finished with a 53-41 win.
- Halftime adjustments work in MCHS girls’ favor
- Boys lose big at Palisade tourney
- December 18, 2010
- At halftime against Montezuma-Cortez High School, Matt Ray set out a challenge to one of his Moffat County Bulldogs. “(Montezuma-Cortez) were raining threes in the first half,” he said. “So I told Maddy (Jourgensen) her job was to make sure that didn’t happen in the second half.” The Panther’s Keely Yanito hit three of the team’s six, three pointers in the half to give Cortez a 33-32 lead going into halftime.